Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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No. 76/2008

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The Senate met from 12.30pm until 8.46pm


Bills and related documents available on BillsNet < www.aph.gov.au/bills/index.htm >

Bills considered

The following private senators’ bills were introduced

  • Plebiscite for an Australian Republic Bill 2008
  • Renewable Energy Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff for Electricity) Bill 2008

The following bills were debated

  • National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) Bill 2008 and a related bill–second reading debate commenced [ first speaker ]

The following private senator’s bill was discharged from the Notice Paper

  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Feed-in-Tariff) Bill 2008

The following private senator’s bill was given precedence

  • Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 [No. 2]

The following bills were passed

  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2008–committee of the whole continued–6 Government and 2 Opposition amendments agreed to [The House of Representatives will now consider the amendments made by the Senate–see Journals entries nos 4 and 31 ]
  • Trade Practices Amendment (Clarity in Pricing) Bill 2008 [This bill will now be assented to]


For scheduled public committee hearings
For committee reports


A notice of motion was given to schedule estimates hearings for 2009.

New inquiry

The Senate referred matters relating to the impact of gene patentson the provision of healthcare in Australia to the Community Affairs Committee to report by the last sitting day of 2009.

Public meetings

The Senate authorised various committees to hold public meetings during the sitting of the Senate [see Journals entries nos 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 22].

Reporting dates extended

The Senate extended reporting dates for the following inquiries:

  • Matters relating to the gas explosion at Varanus Island, Western Australia –Economics Committee–to report by 3 December 2008
  • Protecting Children from Junk Food Advertising ( Broadcasting Amendment) Bill 2008–Community Affairs Committee–to report by 2 December 2008


The Senate agreed to various changes to committee membership.

Messages from the House of Representatives were reported advising of various appointments to joint committees.



Delegated legislation

See Disallowance Alert for a complete list of notices of motion to disallow (and outcomes)

  • Clerk’s documents were tabled [legislative instruments and other documents required by statute to be tabled]

Notices of motion withdrawn

The Chair of the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances withdrew notices of motion to disallow 4 instruments.

Documents tabled


Other business

Questions without notice and issues arising during question time–first question
Adjournment debate–first speaker

Motions agreed to

Death of former member

The President informed the Senate of the death on 25 October 2008 of Cecil Allen Blanchard , a former member of the House of Representatives for the division of Moore , Western Australia , from 1983 to 1990.

Days of meeting

A notice of motion was given to establish the days of meeting for 2009.

Notices of motion

Notices of motion given today are available in the Senate Journals.


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